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Headline News Avid Lowers Second Quarter Expectations

Avid Technology, Inc. has announced a lower outlook for its second quarter financial results. As a result of weakened economic conditions globally, revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001 are projected to be below previous expectations and in the range of US$108 to $111 million. Avid's European video business and the company's worldwide audio business have been most impacted by the slowing economy, with both experiencing reductions in revenue over last year. As a result of the reduced revenue, gross profit will be lower than originally expected.

Headline News New Jobs: Animators, Production Managers, Software Developers And More...

London's AGI-UK, a game development company, is looking for an ARTIST/GAMER for computer games. . . Los Angeles, California's Back Alley Pictures, an independent film & Web content creation company, is looking for an ANIMATOR for a mock news show combining animation and live action. This is an unpaid job. . . London, UK's Change Limited, a game company, is looking for a LEAD ANIMATOR with 3D Studio Max and Character Studio experience. . . New York's Curious Pictures is looking for CHARACTER ANIMATORS (traditional and/or Flash) and INTERNS for upcoming broadcast projects. . .

Headline News New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: RMCAD And ASIFA-Colorado Present PJ's Director Sean Burns: Thursday, July 26, 2001, Denver, Colorado USA. Ed Hooks' Acting Class for Animators: Saturday, August 4, 2001 and Monday, August 13 - Wednesday, August 15, 2001, Stanford, California USA. They Shoot Animators, Don't They? An Animation Marathon: Friday, August 10 - Monday, August 13, 2001, London, UK. ASIFA-Hollywood Presents A Book Signing With Leslie Iwerks, Co-Author Of "The Hand Behind The Mouse:" Wednesday, August 22, 2001, Burbank, California USA.

Headline News Study Discloses $5.847 Billion Generated In Royalty Income In 2000

Licensing proves to be a viable and growing industry, according to the most recent study sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA), in conjunction with the Yale School of Management and the Harvard Business School. According to the report, property and trademark owners received royalties of $5.84 billion from manufacturers who paid for the right to use trademarks, characters, logos and artwork to sell products in the United States in 2000, representing a $248 million increase (4.4%) in the last year.

Headline News BBC Show Wins 22nd Banff Rockie Award For Animation

At the 22nd Banff Rockie Awards (June 10-15, 2001), YOHO AHOY: BUZZ WITH JONES, produced by The Consortium of Gentlemen for the BBC, UK, won the Animation Program Award. Every year, as a celebration of excellence, Canadas Banff Television Festival administers the Banff Rockie Awards competition for the worlds best television programs and Webcasts. The competition recognizes excellence across 14 categories, including animation, with cash prizes totaling more than $100,000. For a complete list of the winners visit: www.banff2001.com.

Headline News New Jobs: Animators, Directors, Producers, Instructors And More...

Lombard, Illinois' Big Idea Productions, a family media company now branching out into feature films, is looking for a LIGHTING ARTIST, RENDERER and TD/SOFTWARE DEVELOPER. . . London, UK's Cubicspace Studios Limited, developers of real-time technologies for the real estate industry, is looking for a 3D CHARACTER MODELLER/ANIMATOR. . . Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's Dynomight Productions, a full-service animation studio creating original content for global entertainment properties, is looking for a DIRECTOR, LINE PRODUCER and PRODUCER for their upcoming slate of proprietary television series. . .

Headline News ASIFA-Colorado's Upcoming Events

On July 19, 2001 ASIFA-Colorado is presenting Estonian painter and animator Mati Kutt. Mati Kutt has worked in animation for over 25 years, perfecting several unique styles and techniques. His award-winning films have been shown internationally. Mati's presentation will include excerpts from his uniquely original, personal and powerful drawn, painted and puppet animation films as well as additional samples of Estonian animation. The event will take place at RMCAD at 6:30 pm.

Headline News New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: The Women In Animation Writers' Seminar, July 12, 2001, Westwood, California USA; ASIFA-Hollywood Presents Groovy Psychedelic Hippie Toons, July 31, 2001, Burbank, California USA; Imagine-Nation Expo, A Stop-Motion Convention, August 3 - 5, 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada USA; Hollywood Shorts 3rd Annual Animation Festival, September 9, 2000, Los Angeles, California USA; The Woodstock Film Festival, September 20 - 23, 2001, Woodstock, New York USA; and DIRECTV-LEVEL13.NET film festival, Online, December 1 - 31, 2001.

Headline News Cinar Agrees To Pay Restitution To Telefilm Canada

CINAR Corporation announced that it has reached an agreement with Telefilm Canada to make full restitution for all investments and other financial subsidies made by Telefilm Canada in CINARs productions that have been decertified, or for productions for which final certification will not be granted by the Canadian Audio-visual Certification Office (CAVCO). Under the terms of the agreement, CINAR will repay Telefilm Canada approximately $2,594,000 in full reimbursement of investments and subsidies including interest.

Headline News It’s The Mr. Hell Show To Get U.S. Premiere On Showtime Next

ITS THE MR. HELL SHOW!, a critically acclaimed animated comedy series from Sextant Entertainment Group, will have its U.S. premiere on SHOWTIME NEXT, the recently launched multiplex channel which targets 18-24 year-olds. The series, which is part of Showtimes ongoing effort to find new, high profile programming for the multiplex, will debut this fall with an option for a second season. ITS THE MR. HELL SHOW! stars Mr. Hell, a sulphurous, sardonic anti-hero with no regard for political correctness, voiced by British comedian/writer Bob Monkhouse.

Headline News New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: Place With Traces, A School Of Visual Arts Exhibition, New York, NY U.S.A., June 13 - July 11, 2001; WIA/LA Celebrates The Career Of Star Wirth, Sherman Oaks, CA U.S.A., June 26, 2001; 5th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival - SICAF 2001, Seoul, Korea, August 11 - 19, 2001, Entry Deadline: June 23, 2001; Cinemakids, 2nd Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, Austin, TX U.S.A., September 15 - 16, 2001; The 12th Cartoon Forum, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria Germany, September 19 - 23

Headline News New Jobs: Animators, Designers, Game Programmers, Producers And More...

Santa Clara, California's Believe Inc., a pre-IPO startup company providing technical solutions to the movie industry, is looking for a SENIOR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR and WEB SOFTWARE ENGINEER. . . Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's Dynomight Cartoons, a full service animation studio, is looking for a DIRECTOR, LINE PRODUCER and PRODUCER for their upcoming slate of proprietary television series scheduled to start production for the fall of 2001. . . New York's H2O Associates, a graphic design and marketing group, is looking for NEW MEDIA DEVELOPERS/INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGISTS. . .

Headline News SAFO Submission Deadline Extended To July 15, 2001

The submission deadline for the next International Student Animation Festival of Ottawa (SAFO) has been extended to July 15, 2001. Entry forms, including an on-line version that can be sent directly by e-mail, are available on the festival Website. SAFO 2001 will be held October 18-21, 2001. The official competition is divided into five categories: High School Student Films; Undergraduate Student Films (Post-Secondary); Graduate Student Films (Post-Secondary); First Film (e.g.

Headline News Affiliate Animator News: Stephen X. Arthur And Linda Kudzmas

Stephen Arthur's experimental animated short, "Transfigured," has been selected to tour in the travelling exhibition Kinetica-3. Kinetica is a festival of abstract film and video that travels to art museums and cinematheques around the U.S. and the world. Its past incarnation, Kinetica-2, was a centennial tribute to famed animator Oskar Fischinger. "Transfigured" was produced in Vancouver, B.C., by the National Film Board of Canada. The 35mm film animates a seamless interactive flow of abstract, surrealist paintings by the late Jack Shadbolt.

Headline News Academy Award Winning Animator Lee Mishkin Passes Away

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 12:00am

Veteran animator and instructor Lee Mishkin, who won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short for his 1970 film IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO BE RIGHT?, passed away on June 19, 2001. He was 74. Mishkin suffered heart failure and died in his sleep with his family at his side. He had formally retired just six weeks ago, moving to a care facility in Seattle after having spent the last seven years in Vancouver, where he developed the classical animation curriculum and taught at VanArts. The school has started the Lee Mishkin Scholarship Fund to honor the late animator.

Headline News The 29th Annual ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards

* Saturday, November 10, 2001, Glendale, California, U.S.A.

Entry Deadline: August 3, 2001

Every year, ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles area-based branch of the International Animated Film Society, honors the best in film, television and Internet animation with their Annie Awards. The award ceremony will take place at the famed Alex Theater in Glendale, California. For more information contact: ASIFA-Hollywood: Tel.: (818) 842-8330; E-mail: info@asifa-hollywood.org; or Web: www.asifa-hollywood.org.

Headline News WIA/LA Celebrates The Career Of Star Wirth

* Tuesday, June 26, 2001, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Women In Animation Los Angeles celebrates the career of Star Wirth with a dinner Salon at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks on June 26 at 7 pm. Star was head of the Xerox department at Hanna-Barbera for 33 years; she also worked at Warner Bros. The dinner costs $25 per person. For more information: Web: www.women.in.animation.org/LA.

Headline News Place With Traces, A School Of Visual Arts Exhibition

* Wednesday, June 13 Wednesday, July 11, 2001, New York, New York, U.S.A.

New Yorks School Of Visual Arts presents Places With Traces, an exhibition of artwork by Markus Esser, Laura Griffin, Noah Kalina, Elsuko Kamazu and Sam Tufnell, at Eastside Gallery, 214 East 21 Street in New York. For more information: Web: schoolofvisualarts.edu.

Headline News Queen Of Cartoons Betty Boop Bops Onto Television

Mainframe Entertainment and Fleischer Studios, Inc. have formed a collaboration that will yield a new television series based on BETTY BOOP, the dazzling "Queen of Cartoons." Mainframe will also be working with Fleischer and King Features Syndicate on launching a significant licensing and merchandising campaign, with a new video series, interactive games and collectible items.

Headline News Click 3x Creates Visuals For New Dos Equis Campaign

Click 3x provided visual effects design and production services for a new national campaign for Dos Equis beer. Ad agency McCann-Erickson conceived the three 30-second spots where the product's familiar double "X" logo manifests itself in some rather unexpected places. "Ceiling Fan" opens on a young couple as they hustle into their beachfront cottage and flop on the bed. Soon the ceiling fan prompts the woman to run to the kitchen for beer. "Cocktail Dresses" has two guys hanging out at an event at an art museum.

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